I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
What is your favorite thing to find in an old quilt? My top three are: trapunto, dates, and signatures. So, today's details are all about the signatures (and some other inkings). I took all the photos for this post at the Lovely Lane event I attended on Sunday and they are from Baltimore album quilts in their collection. It's a little hard to read but I love the design on this one. It's one I'd like to try myself. In case you cannot make it out, the date is 1847 (Reverend Roberts quilt).
I love all the birds you can find on BAQs. The fabric in this bird is similar to some reproductions I've seen but if you look closely you will see that the small squiggles (technical term) are much crisper than what we see today and are a smaller scale.
There are inked birds in addition to the applique birds.
Miss Colvin still uses the old "fs" instead of "ss." I wonder if she was a drefsmaker?
Amanda A. Yearley has beautiful penmanship. Should I say she has a "good hand?"
Lots of inking here. Note the bible and inked details in the flowers.
And, finally, enjoy taking in all the inked details in these flowers. No need to find just the right fabric when you can draw your own.